Christian Origins provides an in-depth account of the beginnings of Christianity: a third of it on the Judaism of the first century, a third on Jesus, and a third on Paul and the development from messianic sect to Christian religion.
This new edition of Rowland’s authoritative classic has been thoroughly revised and updated. In light of recent work, the author has rewritten the chapter previously entitled “Jewish Sectarianism” and renamed it “Schools of Thought.” The last section of part II has been reshaped and linked more closely with the sources. Extensive additions have been made to the “Christianity” section, particularly in relation to Paul and the nature of tradition.
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- Outlines of New Testament essays for students
- Bibliographical references and indexes
Praise for the Print Edition
Dr Rowland’s account of Christian origins is very convincing. There is an enormous wealth of factual information here; but better still, the theological and sociological insights he brings to bear upon the subject make his account of the New Testament truly exciting. When I was a theological student myself, I used to think that New Testament scholars lived in cloud-cuckoo-land. I wish I had had this book then.
—Michael Sadgrove, Church Times
- Title: Christian Origins: An Account of the Setting and Character of the Most Important Messianic Sect of Judaism
- Author: Christopher Rowland
- Publisher: SPCK
- Publication Date: 2002
- Pages: 480
About Christopher Rowland
Christopher Rowland is the Dean Ireland’s Professor of the Exegesis of Holy Scripture at the University of Oxford.